Living Local

I made it through the week and as predicted I am not happy with the results of my numbers. But with two days to relax and just do cardio I will anticipate better numbers on Monday morning. The weekend is here once again and I will have the time to concentrate on other things other than lifting weights and going to work. I have some much needed gardening work to do, pick up some fresh vegetables and fruits at the Farmers Market, and visit Grandchildren. I may even set out to an adventure Sunday after cleaning the house and food shopping.

Food shopping has become so much easier lately. Rather than fighting the crowds in a major supermarket we get our vegetables, eggs and seafood from the farmers market and our meats from a local butcher. Most of the other products we need we simply buy in bulk and simply restock when needed. If you think about it, it is kind of old school in a time where there were no supermarkets and people lived in a small town or city where there were local shops. Butchers, bakeries, produce markets, seafood stands and hardware stores filled our downtown’s and people gathered the streets to purchase the items they needed for week. It is rather romantic and sometimes I wish it still existed today. Most people had gardens and shared their backyard grown produce with friends, family and neighbors. It wasn’t odd to see a pie cooling in the window sill of someone’s home with the aroma permeating the streets.

I have found that there are still places that exist this way, but you have to develop of planned route of driving to get to them as they are usually vastly set apart. Wouldn’t it be nice to bring this spirit back where a section of town is developed to small business owners who produce and supply local foods for people. When I moved from New Jersey to Oregon I did expect to see this small town spirit. Although it does still exist here I found that it is still the huge mega stores and large chain restaurants who dominate most towns and cities. Even the local diner is slowly disappearing and being replaced with fast food restaurants with drive ups. We never had to drive far after church to find our favorite diner, but oh how that has changed.

1gg-2008There is a drive lately for “Local”, and I am in great support of it. This is not only happening because people are demanding locally raised food, it is also because people long for the lost sense of community. We are all shut tightly behind our locked doors as we watch the evening news telling us of all the tragedy and danger exists just outside that locked door. I believe that this danger has always existed but was less sensationalized in media that we watched or read each day. I also believe that in a community where people are outside and neighbors are not just neighbors but friends, the opportunity for crime is a lot smaller. We recognize problems and as a community address them before they become tragic events. Local means so much more than just a word. I remember stopping by an old ladies house who I used to cut the lawn for on a Saturday for a dollar. I was on my way to the store and always asked her if she needed anything, and I wasn’t the only one who did things like this. She was never scared to open her screen door and always felt a sense of the community around her. Today older people look at our teens as criminals and drug addicts even thought they are great kids. What we watch on our TV screens can distort our minds into believing that the whole world is going to hell. The world is what we believe it to be all in the name of sensationalism.

greenLogoI cannot offer a solution to these problems that exist, but I do understand them and also know that I am not alone. The simple things I do each day by spending my hard earned money locally and avoiding the big stores is also being practiced by many as I am reading more about it each day on blogs of those who are frustrated with the way things are going. I know that others are turning off the TV and turning to other forms of entertainment. The local farmers markets seem to be the latest craze across America and people are learning to make better food choices. I see more young people opening their doors and spending time outside and kids playing in the streets. I believe that a solution is taking wind and as a whole we will see better times ahead. Even science is actively involved in green technology and coming up with solutions for all of the damage that we have done to our land. No, I cannot offer any solutions. I can only believe that there are millions like myself who are demanding a better way of life for themselves and their families, and slowly things will change, because change does come, but it comes slowly. I will hang on for ride and embrace the restored spirit of “Local”.

Blood Sugar- 110, Weight- 180.2

Treadmill- 30 Minutes

Meals
6:30 AM- Breakfast- FASTING
10:30 AM- Brunch- 2 Eggs, 2 Bacon
6:30 PM- Dinner- Lamb Chops, Spinach, Salad

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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15 Responses to Living Local

  1. New Journey says:

    As I read your first part of your post, all I kept hearing in myind was…Be patient young grasshopper, results will come….lol. Remember that lifting heavier will add muscle mass this creating more weight… Just a thought… Sounds like your doing great…stop thinking and just do it….I like your analytical mind but I know from raising a daughter who thinks like you, it gets in your way…..have a fantastic weekend…enjoy the garden….

    • LOL. Yes, you are so right. I am heavier, but when I look in the mirror I am very happy. I do think too much as I am my very own scientist while treating myself as this experiment. I will have a peaceful weekend, and you do the same. 🙂

  2. BookWriteHer says:

    I prefer buying local and sadly it does involve a drive. Last week I picked up some British asparagus. It was gorgeous. Also some lovely vine tomatoes. Damn you I might nip out now to restock! PS: this is a good thing 😊

  3. wrdwrk says:

    Another excellent post…thanks ! Have you checked out ‘Dietdoctor.com’ ? There is a video there called ‘Cereal Killers’…it is mostly about carbs and their effect on society, but there is also a bit about workout and the gains from very short…very high intensity workouts that my nephew is just testing. Such a concept could give you back a great deal of time (that might be used sourcing local suppliers for wonderful veg and pies etc.) and have proven to be highly effective…have a listen…could not hurt ! Thanks again for your posts !

  4. josie416 says:

    I am fortunate to live in the small city of Harrisonburg, VA. I live in a mixed neighborhood, just a block away from a poor neighborhood. I get lots of interaction with neighbors, and kids play on the sidewalk. I am within walking distance of a food co-op that carries local produce, and a longer walk to the farmer’s market and multiple non-chain restaurants. I feel so fortunate. No pie on windowsills though — I guess most folks don’t know how to cook pie from scratch any more. I do make sun tea on my front porch sometimes. Does that count? Lacks the aroma… 😉

  5. lindamartha says:

    I live out in the country but our local town is all about local products-its a small town that has its own buyers club as well as a co-op. Yes we do have Walmart but for the most part the Farmers Market and the Amish farms along with these options makes things easier to make better choices. One of the things the Chamber of Commerce started doing was providing grants for pop up shops over Christmas to enliven Mainstreet. Alot of businesses couldn’t hang on longer than a busy shopping season and lots of store fronts are empty so they are doing this now. It worked out great.

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  7. Reblogged this on From Bust to Boom! and commented:
    Wise words indeed, Simple Living Over 60!

  8. Helen says:

    On Britain, people seem to be turning away from big supermarkets. I wouldn’t like to say exactly why this is but I am ever so pleased by the news. I wish we had a local market as I love them but at least there are local farm shops and plenty of fairs.

  9. csiwraps says:

    I really enjoyed your post and find myself downsizing my grocery shopping to fresher, local foods. Completely impressed with the photos of your garden. Looks like you put some time into it! Very nice. Curious what your will do for any winter storage of your garden foods; canning, freezing, etc?

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